Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
They Called It “KY & The Curb”
Historic Atlantic City - Kentucky Avenue, 1933-1980's
For more than four decades Kentucky Avenue ruled the East Coast Music scene. The greatest jazz and blues stars of all time filled its many clubs with round-the-clock entertainment - including Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Atlantic City’s national treasure, drummer Chris Columbo and his Swing Crew in the forties and fifties.
As the other nightclubs called it a day, KY & the Curb was just getting hot. In the glory days of the 1950's Club Harlem had people lined up for blocks to see the 6 a.m. Breakfast Show. “Every night was our party,” said historian Sid Trusty. “And we invited the world.”
Ray Charles at Club Harlem in the 1960's.
Erected by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority & Atlantic City Special Improvement District.
Location. 39° 21.388′ N, 74° 25.642′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on Boardwalk east of S. Kentucky Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is accessible to pedestrians on the Boardwalk fence, off the beach at the end of S. Kentucky Ave. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. New Jersey Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pierre Hollingsworth (approx. ¼ mile away); Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford (approx. 0.4 miles away); James L. Usry (approx. 0.4 miles away); How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name (approx. half a mile away); Jeremiah Leeds (approx. half a mile away); Sara Spencer Washington (approx. half a mile away); John Herbert Brooks (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
Also see . . . Across the street from 33 North Kentucky avenue. Photograph of patrons waiting in line. (Submitted on October 22, 2011, by Paul Glover of Wildwood, N.j..)
Additional keywords. Leroy "Pop" Williams; Clifton Williams; Ben Alten; Clifton’s Club Harlem.
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,333 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 15, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 22, 2011, by Paul Glover of Wildwood, N.j.. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.